The History of Esperanza United with Elsa Vega Perez

We’re celebrating! Formerly Casa de Esperanza, we are now Esperanza United and in honor of this change, we’re kicking off a podcast series looking at where we’ve been and where we’re going. 

Nearly forty years ago, a group of persevering Latinas gathered in St. Paul, MN, to advocate for Latinas experiencing domestic violence. They incorporated as a nonprofit in 1982, opening a shelter and later, a 24/7 bilingual hotline. Elsa Vega Perez was one of them. Listen in to this conversation between her and Esperanza United CEO Patti Tototzintle about what it was like back then and how far we’ve come. 

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